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Gym Bag Essential: Shower Cap

One of the best tips I learned from my personal trainer was not how to make my butt smaller or arms more toned, but rather to use a shower cap when I am pressed for time at the gym.

It's such a simple idea, not to mention very inexpensive, but it does wonders for cutting down my time in the locker room. If you're like me, and blow drying your hair is just not an option, using a shower cap while showering allows you to really get under the water without worrying about getting your hair wet. Afterward you may want to run the blow dryer through it to smooth it out and get the parts around your neck and face that may have gotten a little damp, but it's nothing compared to drying your whole head of hair. The best part is that I always ask my husband to bring shower caps home from his hotel room when he is on business trips so I've never had to buy one. And one shower cap lasts a long time.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is probably one of the smartest things that you can think of for the gym. i work out every day during lunch and i just don't have enough time to dry my hair, yet i always need to take a shower before i go back to the office. i end up putting my hair in a bun and doing a crazy lean to keep my hair out of the's kind of funny...but this is a GREAT solution for that.
anaisethenry anaisethenry 8 years
I second that Triple yuck to unwashed post-workout hair...
javsmav javsmav 8 years
If I do cardio, then yes, I have to wash my hair, but if I just do weights or yoga, then I don't get that sweaty. I still wouldn't do a shower cap though. I'd just take a shower with my hair in a ponytail. If I don't care enough to redo my whole hair style, I don't care if some of the hair gets wet in the shower.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Triple yuck to unwashed post-workout hair. Sorry...that is NOT gonna happen.
phinn phinn 8 years
My head sweats so much when I'm working out, there's no way I could go without washing my hair. My head is literally soaked after a workout. It's why I keep my hair pretty short... then I don't have to worry about it taking forever to dry.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I always have to wash my hair after working out because if I don't, my hair gets frizzy and greasy and crusty from all the sweat. If I'm pressed for time, I just don't blow dry it. I run some anti-frizz creme with a bit of silicone serum through it and let it air-dry. Works great for me!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I can go a day or two without washing my hair...but NOT if I'm working out. I sweat so much when I'm on my elliptical, not showering would be gross.
pandacn pandacn 8 years
i sweat a lot and if i'm not going straight home, then it means i have somewhere to be, which means i can't show up with hair wet with sweat. but i guess if someone was just doing strength work, they wouldn't work up as much of a sweat.
chameleon7 chameleon7 8 years
I tend to tie my hair up when I am not going to wash it. My hair will some times get wet around my face, but that is about it. If I do wash it, I tend to let it air dry.
ekl79 ekl79 8 years
My hair is gross after a work out but I know a lot of people that aren't so sweaty.
NLM1212 NLM1212 8 years
I work my a$$ off at the gym and I don't always wash my hair. Not everyone's hair is the same, I have friend with very fine hair who could never skip a wash, but I can and do often. Skipping washing your hair does not mean you are not working out hard enough.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
you dont have to blow dry your hair to have a style, you can put gel in it and do it wet or put it in an updo...
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 8 years
wait, back up a minute - how are you NOT washing your hair after a workout?? You're either not working hard enough, or your hair is going to be seriously skanky and sweaty all day...
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